How fair have Disorderly Conduct laws gotten in the US?


The laws has certainly changed over the years. After looking at the wording between 1900 and today, it looks like disorderly conduct wasn’t really used early on. They adopted the word later at some point. 

One historian believes that during the time of the Great Depression in the 1930s, a lot of vagrancy laws came about. More people were caught sitting around and not doing anything. Since the frontier was completely explored at that point, all the land was claimed by either the government or private citizens. 

Because the government was getting tired of cattle prodding people verbally, they decided to write down the law to recite to people verbatim. Many new added amendments have been put under the disorderly conduct charge, so much so that it sometimes gets struck down by courts for being so broad:

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